June 2007, Volume 16, Number 3

Free Speech Victory: Washington Supreme Court rules speech is not money and cannot be regulated

In April, the Institute for Justice halted one of the most egregious attacks on free speech in recent years. The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled that on-air commentary by radio talk show hosts supporting an initiative campaign did not constitute an “in-kind” contribution to that campaign. A lower court had held that such speech was…

Trial Court Throws Out ACLU’s Latest Frivolous Lawsuit

By Tim Keller My mom taught me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all.  Putting her teaching into practice is difficult when writing about IJ’s school choice opponents, so I’ll just say this:  They are a tenacious bunch. “The ACLU/ASBA case recycles the same arguments made in a previous…

IJ Takes the Fight to the Interior Design Cartel

A battle is raging within the interior design community between the vast majority of designers, who simply want to earn an honest living in the vocation they love, and a small faction that wants to regulate their competitors out of business.  Together with our clients and grassroots activists from all over the nation, the Institute…

38 States and Counting

By Steven Anderson State legislatures continue to increase protections against eminent domain abuse in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London—and IJ’s Castle Coalition has been there every step of the way.  So far, 38 states have enacted reforms. Download: Eminent Domain Legislation Status Map Virginia is…

IJ’s Valiant Valerie

By Chip Mellor Combine a passion for liberty, tenacious advocacy, a dash of drama and a 1,000-watt smile and you have the makings of a hard-charging litigator named Valerie Bayham.  Valerie is a member of the growing club of young attorneys who went to law school because they were inspired by our work here at…

IJ Ranked Best By Charity Navigator

For the sixth year in a row, the Institute for Justice has earned Charity Navigator’s highest “4-star” rating for financial management and organizational efficiency. This rating puts IJ in an elite group of only 49 charities nationwide—less than one percent of the 5,200 charities rated this year—to have earned at least six consecutive 4-star ratings. …

Inspiring the Aspiring

By Elizabeth W. Milnikel On April 26, the IJ Clinic on Entrepre-neurship at the University of Chicago Law School hosted its first-ever citywide conference, “Growing Opportunities:  Fostering Inner-City Entrepreneurship in Chicago.”  From our invitations to our banner, we invited the participants to “Start it up!”  Throughout the day, speakers and audience members accepted that challenge…

Grassroots Tyranny at San Tan Flat

By Jennifer Perkins Prosecuting a restaurant owner for allowing patrons to dance outdoors may sound like the premise for a sequel to the 1984 movie Footloose, but it is the real-life story of entrepreneur Dale Bell and his Arizona steakhouse, San Tan Flat. IJ Arizona Chapter client Dale Bell with son Spencer are only trying…

IJ VP Shares Communications Tips

Institute for Justice Vice President for Communications John Kramer recently spoke at the Leadership Development Breakfast in Philadelphia, which was co-hosted by the State Policy Network and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.  Hundreds of participants from 50 countries and across the United States attended the conference.  Kramer shared six communications lessons that each of the…

Washington Governor Signs Eminent Domain Bill

The Institute for Justice Washington Chapter celebrated an important reform of Washington’s eminent domain laws when Governor Christine Gregoire signed SHB 1458 into law. Executive Director Bill Maurer’s Policy Brief for the Washington Policy Center urged the reform and highlighted that until the law was changed, the government was not required to provide property owners…

Leave a Legacy of Liberty: Join IJ’s Four Pillars Society

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the quote, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  That may be right, but a little planning around the first certainty might lessen the burden of the second on your loved ones.  Planned gifts are a great way to make a donation…

JOIN THE FIGHT!   Sign up for newsletters:

JOIN THE FIGHT!